Hollys Rangie wrote:Hello everyone,
I just thought that I would ask to see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I have a fourteen month old APBT/Bull terrier mix who is having terrible problems with atopy. These problems have been going on for almost two months now and there is very little change in his condition. I have tried to do a quick explanation of his health and condition as follows. If anyone has any ideas, they are more than welcome, because we are quickly running out of ideas. Thanks in advance for the help!
Wilbur is 14 months old, male, neutered, microchiped, and sees a vet regularly. He is UTD on all vaccinations, heart worm and flea meds (we used heart guard and frontline). When a very small pup, he had and was successfully treated for demodex mange. He is on Solid Gold Hund and Flocken (Lamb formula) food and we supplement that with NUPRO.
About two months ago, we noticed that Wilbur was losing massive amounts of hair. We took him in to see the vet who said that he thought that it might be seasonal allergies. The vet gave him an antihistamine shot and sent him on his way. Wilbur seemed to get better for a bit, but the hair loss returned, this time with itchiness. Back to the vet we went, where the vet gave Wilbur some antibiotics to get rid of a skin infection he had gotten due to scratching at himself so much, and another anti-inflammatory shot, as well a prescription shampoo (A2/S) and some fatty acid pills (A3/N). Things got better, but then once Wilbur finished the antibiotics, it got bad again. He began to scratch again and was still having massive hair loss. Once again we returned to the vet. This time they put him on Prednisone - two 20 mg tablets per day for the first week, then one 20 mg tablet per day for the second week, then one 20 mg tablet every other day for the third week. The Prednisone seemed to help a lot (except for the upset stomach he developed), but he is off of them now and seems to be heading back down that slippery slope again. He is now beginning to develop small bumps on his back and sides which do not seem painful, but are kind of oozy. I called the vet and he told me to clean the bumps with hydrogen peroxide and put a little neosporin on them. I have been doing this and they seem to begin healing as soon as I do that, but I am still a little concerned.
The vet seems to think this is an allergy that Wilbur has developed over time. He also does not seem to think it is Wilbur's food that is causing it. During all of this time, we have been trying to eliminate things one by one to see if we can find what it is he might be allergic to. I have changed laundry detergent (I am making my own now out of Ivory soap, washing soda, and borax), we have begun cleaning with only natural ingredients (distilled vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, and castille soap), and have cut out all treats except the Solid Gold Lamb Jerky ones. The only toys the dogs have are beef shin bones and natural rubber toys. He is eating out of stainless steel bowls, and wears a nylon collar, but there are no allergy problems around his neck; in fact, his head and his neck are the only places he is not losing hair. He is an indoors dog, and is only outside while we are with him. He occasionally likes to chew on a stick, but that is really about it.
If anyone has any ideas on what else to try, I am more than willing to take suggestions! Thanks again!
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